Showing Spirit: Lasell Art Students Donate Cookbook Proceeds to Food Pantry


Showing Spirit: Lasell Art Students Donate Cookbook Proceeds to Food Pantry

December 21, 2010

What started as an art class project for Lasell students has ended this holiday season with a much appreciated donation to the Newton Food Pantry.

Earlier this semester Lasell art professor Margo Lemieux devised a project for the students in Art 201A to create illustrations and drawings for a Lasell Community Cookbook. But the project took on a community service flavor when the students decided to donate the proceeds from the cookbook sales to the Newton Food Pantry.

Students sold copies of the book during the school's Connected Learning Symposium earlier this month. Lasell's educational philosophy, Connected Learning, provides students with hands-on, project-based learning that connects real-world experiences to the classroom. The symposium provides students the opportunity to showcase their projects from the semester.

"The students were really excited to help out," said Lemieux, who added that the project received supplemental funding through the College's faculty grant program.

Lemieux presented Vicki Falk, Vice President of the Newton Food Pantry, with a check for $410 last week.

"In addition to the contributions of food from Newton residents, we spend over $3,000 a month on supplemental food and expenses. We serve over 400 people from the Newton community," said Falk.

Additional copies of the Lasell Community Cookbook will be for sale for $5 at the Donahue bookstore on Lasell's campus.

In addition to recipes with family stories, the cookbook also features essays on the culinary tradition at Lasell based on research in the Winslow Archives, interesting facts about Lasell's history and interviews with alumni about the food service program at Lasell.

Mary Bailey Lincoln, a teacher at Lasell and the Boston Cooking School, taught famous cookbook author Fannie Farmer when she was a student at the cooking school. Lincoln published a cookbook 15 years before Fannie Farmer. Lasell's archivist Barbara Sproat has located a reproduction copy of Lincoln's book and has ordered it for the Lasell library.